Bruthen is on track for a premiership three-peat following its dominant win over Swifts Creek.
The Bulldogs were at their ruthless attacking best as they slammed on 30 goals, nine of which came from the boot of Jamie Barton and five from Harley Kenner, who firmed for another league best and fairest. Aaron Hood also found the middle with five goals, with Josh Weeks and Rob Maisey booting three each.
However, defensively Bruthen was also exceptional, limiting to Demons to a solitary behind, coming in the opening term.
Daniel Hasler, Jesse and Beau Hack and Alistair Commins were the best of a battling Demons outfit.
Minor premier Omeo-Benambra dismantled a Lindenow South team which has had a poor season, booting a huge 40.23 to win by 256 points at Omeo.
The writing was on the wall only minutes after the opening siren, the Ranges slamming through 7.10 in a dominant first quarter that showed they are ready for a premiership tilt. The Swampies got their only goal in the second term, coming from the boot of Scott Dare, as the Ranges piled on a further 11 majors.
Twenty-two second half goals for the Ranges ended a miserable season for the Swampies. Young Omeo-Benambra forward Jai Hayward ensured he took home the goal kicking trophy with a 15-goal best afield performance, while Damien Pedder booted seven in the onslaught. Malcolm Smith and Cody Graske also found form ahead of finals.
The Solomons – Alfie and Max – were Lindenow South’s best, while Trent Wilson gave a four-quarter effort.
Swan Reach and Buchan battled out a tense semi final preview with the Cavemen getting over the line by 20 points at Swan Reach.
Saturday’s come-from-behind win indicates the Cavemen will go in favourites.
Buchan led in the opening quarter, however was held goalless in the second as the Swans pushed to a one-goal advantage.
In a tight third term, the Cavemen edged ahead by seven points and then were able to hold the Swans to just a single behind in the final term, kicking two goals themselves to seal a 20-point victory and third place on the ladder.
The six-goal to two second half bodes well for Buchan, showing it has the legs to run out four quarters. The Swans will rue not being able to hold off the fast finishing Cavemen.
Grunt players, Nathan Pegler and Jimmy Joiner, were important in the clinches for the Cavemen, finding the runners and allowing the lively forward line, which allowed Tom Buckley-Kohne (3), Tyson Siddle (2) and Justin Hunt (2) to kick multiples. John Hooper put in his best match of the season in the ruck and back half.
Bronson Ritchie was the standout forward for Swan Reach for three quarters, slotting three majors, while the consistent Sam Tindley-Roe won his fair share of midfield ball, Michael Hayes and Jordan Dadswell stood up and defender Chris Robertson held firm.
Both teams were near full strength on Saturday and will leave no stone unturned this week with their seasons now on the line.
LADDER AFTER ROUND 15
LEADING GOAL KICKERS AFTER ROUND 15
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